Willow Lake – Tutorial #110


Hello everyone and happy Thursday! 🙂

Just a quick note before we get into the tutorial.  I have scheduled a Brayer workshop on September 13th in Dayton, OH at Marco Paper to accommodate the people that wanted to get into the September 6th workshops but were unable to because they filled up so very fast.  There are a few spots left.  If you wish to sign up and have some fun while taking the mystery out of using your brayer, please contact Marco Paper at 937-433-7030 or 1-888-433-5239 or website at https://marcopaper.com/index.html  

Today’s tutorial features stamps by Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela.  Here is a link to their online store if you wish to check them out:  https://www.safesecurestore.com/stores/merchant.mvc?Screen=SFNT&Store_Code=firecrackerdesignsbypamela

I started this card brayering from an angle and really like the light effects it created. 

Let’s get started.  🙂


Stamps: Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Bliss Blue & Old Olive
Ink: Stampin’ Up Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Lovely Lilac & Bashful Blue
Accessories: Stampin’ UP markers, Faber Castel Grey marker, White Gel Pen, Brayer, Aqua Painter, Sponges


Brayered Bashful Blue ink at an angle, across one corner of a 4.5″ x 4.5″ piece of Whisper White card stock.


Flipped the card stock around and brayered a small amount of Bashful Blue ink on the opposite corner.


Colored the tree and ground below it with an Always Artichoke marker.


Colored the water lines on the stamp with a Bliss Blue marker.


Huffed on the stamp to moisten the color and then stamped it on my panel.


Stamped the Willow Branches with Old Olive ink.


Masked off the sky area with a Post it Note.


Sponged in a circular motion Bashful Blue ink at the edge of the Post it Note Mask.  This creates my Horizon Line.


Squeezed the Kiwi Kiss stamp pad while it was closed to create a pool of ink on the lid of the stamp pad.  Used the pool of ink to water color with an Aqua Painter the Willow Branches and the ground under the tree.


Added white Gel pen to the tops of the Willow Branches.


Used the fine point side of a Close to Cocoa marker and drew along the right sides of all of the Willow Branches to create some depth.  Also colored in the tree trunk and around the rocks  under the tree with the same marker.


Sponged Old Olive ink on the tree.


Used a gray marker to color in the rocks.


Colored the ground above the rocks with a Creamy Caramel marker, leaving some of the Kiwi Kiss ink showing at the top of the ground.


With a White gel pen, added some white dashes in the water area to create some highlights.


Sponged Lovely Lilac ink around the entire edge of the panel, being more heavy at the top left and bottom right corners.


Sponged Always Artichoke ink in the very center of the tree and sponged a bit under the tree in the water area to create a shadow for the tree.


Added more White Gel pen dashed so the water area over the Lovely Lilac ink.


Assembled card and here it is completed measuring 5.25″ x 5.25″. 


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I hope you have been inspired to try using your brayer at a different angle to see what fun light effects you will achieve.

May your day be filled with the peaceful sounds of nature.

Until my next post. . . . . . . . . . . . .



36 responses to “Willow Lake – Tutorial #110

  1. Oooohh, very pretty!

  2. Phyllis Gunn

    Unbelievable! Love the Lilac you used. Although I don’t have this particular set (I might in the not too distant future though) I’m off to give this diagonal brayering technique a shot. Thank you for taking the time to teach us! You have a wonderful day too.

  3. I love seeing your art come to life!

  4. I like the color combo you used today! What a pretty card! Thanks

  5. gorgeous! Love the angled brayering.

  6. Stunning, I continue to be in awe of your vision and creativity. I promised myself that I would not buy any more stamps until I had used all the ones that have not yet seen ink….but I could not resist today’s set. I am only 86 tutorials behind…but hope springs eternal…love your cards.

  7. Michelle B (JustPaintingAround)

    Thanks Michelle! I love the use of purple on this one!

  8. just gorgeous, love the colors

  9. This is a great tutorial! Thanks so much! 😉

  10. You did it again, Michelle! What a great tutorial; I can’t wait to try that new brayer technique! And I have that stamp set, too! :o)
    Hope you have a superb day!

  11. Beautiful!

  12. Awesome as always Michelle

    happy Thursday

  13. Beautiful card! The light effect of brayering on an angle really sets this image off. I love the willow branches in that stamp set!

  14. Yet, again, another masterpiece! Gorgeous work, Michelle!

  15. You never cease to amaze me! ALL of your creations have the “WOW” factor and this is another….
    Great work, again.
    Love your blog Michelle ~ I’m here everyday.

  16. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

  17. Hi Michelle

    all I can say is WOW!

    I wish I lived closer to where any of your classes are..that would be my birthday wish to be able to attend one of your sessions.

    In the meantime I am just enjoying all I am learning from your tutorials..

    What is an aqua painter? it looks like a brush of some sorts

    have a great day


  18. OMG–I love, love, love this one!!!!! So pretty!

  19. WOW. This is stunning!

  20. Conniecrafter

    Cool scene, love the tree stamp and the willows are so pretty!

  21. Michelle!
    Another beautiful card!

    I never completely read tutorials – except yours! I love both your brayer and sponging techniques but I get frustrated with the brayer because I never get the same light or area coverage you have. Have you ever considered doing a YouTube video for us poor brayer-challenged people!! 😀

  22. As usual, great artistry with the brayer, sponges and great color combos!

  23. DCorder asked “Have you ever considered doing a YouTube video for us poor brayer-challenged people?”

    DCorder, I currently am teaching brayer workshops around the country. Check out my workshop calendar to see if I will be in a town near you soon. 🙂

  24. Michelle, it’s beautiful! I never thought Lovely Lilac could look so spectacular!

  25. Harriet Skelly

    Thanks Michelle for another idea – brayering on an angle – I will definitely try that. This card looks like the moonlight shining on the tree and water – awesome and gorgeous!! Have a great day!

  26. Sharon in NE

    I just got a new brayer and am going to get this a try. I’ve been stamping since the mid 80s. The brayers have always been around the stamping stuff, but this Speedball was front and center among the new and interesting stamping tools at Michaels. (In the past, a Speedball brayer was found in the art supply area, not stamping.) I honestly think enough people are asking stores for it because of your work Michelle. Let’s face it, serious stampers know a Zindorf is synonymous with brayering or applying ink to the paper to create art.

  27. this card makes me want to go to my cabin.

  28. This is just what I needed after a crazy first day back at work… Another peaceful scene to relax me… truly a work of art…


  29. Margaret in WI

    Truly gorgeous cards! I am inspired to get out my brayers! Thanks Michelle!

  30. Michelle,
    this looks like such a peaceful place….beautiful!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  31. Beth Cutwright

    Absolutely awesome card……the colors are so gorgeous, the scene so restful. Great tutorial Michelle!

  32. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    wow I love this, really like the lilac and how you brayered at an angle. Makes for a beautiful scene.

  33. I have recently found your blog courtesy of your excellent brayering tutorial on Splitcoast. As a result, I also found the Innovative Stamp Company which I had never come across before, so thank you so much for that. To return the favour, and as you obviously love trees, I thought I would tell you about Graphicus a UK stamp company (I have no connection with them by the way). However, they do have some absolutely lovely tree stamps which I thought might whet your appetite! I do hope you find this of interest.

  34. Kate, thanks for the tip on Graphicus. I’ll check them out! 🙂

  35. Love all the wonderful cards you create and share with us humble imitators…..this one is especially lovely….fabulous colors!!! Thanks for sharing your talents and techniques!!

  36. JoAnne asked “What is an aqua painter?”
    JoAnne, an Aqua Painter is a paintbrush that hold water so you can watercolor with it without dipping your brush in water. 🙂